Dubai, UAE: The American Hospital Dubai has announced the appointment of Dr Ammar Safar, Ophthalmologist, to the Department of Ophthalmology at the Dubai campus.
Dr Safar is American Board Certified in Ophthalmology and joins the Hospital from the Department of Ophthalmology, Jones Eye Institute, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, USA, where he held the position of Associate Professor and Director of Retina Surgery. The American Hospital Dubai ‘s Department of Ophthalmology provides a comprehensive range of Ophthalmic Services for children and adult patients.
Dr. Safar undertook his medical training at Aleppo University School of Medicine in Syria, before moving to the United States for post-graduate training. He specialised in Ophthalmology at Georgetown University Medical Center, Washington D.C., where he also served as a Chief Resident. He then undertook an additional two-year fellowship training in Vitreo-Retinal Diseases & Surgery at the University Of Texas, Southwestern Medical center in Dallas. Dr Safar then joined the Jones Eye Institute before relocating to Dubai.
In addition to his medical roles, Dr Safar has also taught, researched and published extensively and also led clinical trials as well as participated in NIH (National Institute of Health) funded multi-center clinical trials. He holds a number of academic affiliations and his numerous awards include a one million dollar endowed Chairmanship received in April 2009.
Dr. Safar is a member of several professional associations including the American Academy Of Ophthalmology; American Society of Retina Specialists; American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery; The Association for Research In Vision and Ophthalmology ARVO; and American College of Surgeons. His clinical interests include Diabetic Retinopathy, Age-related Macular Degeneration, Retinal Detachments, Retinal Vascular occlusions and anterior segment surgery.
Commenting on Dr Safar’s appointment, Mr Thomas Murray, Chief Executive Officer of the American Hospital Dubai , said: “We warmly welcome Dr Safar to the team in the Department of Ophthalmology, to which he brings outstanding credentials. The Department offers a broad range of general clinical services as well as highly specialized surgical procedures, such as corneal transplantation, glaucoma management, cataract extension and lens replacement. His broad experience and expertise will be a tremendous asset to the Hospital in providing world class care to our patients.”
About the American Hospital Dubai
The American Hospital Dubai is a 159-bed, acute care, general medical/surgical private hospital with more than 88 physician multi-specialty group practice, designed to provide a high quality, American standard of healthcare to meet the needs and exceed the expectations of the people of Dubai, the UAE and the surrounding Gulf States.
The American Hospital Dubai became the first hospital in the Middle East to be awarded JCI accreditation in May 2000 and successfully underwent further surveys by the JCI in 2003, 2006, 2009 and 2012 to maintain its accredited status. The Laboratory of the American Hospital Dubai earned its sixth consecutive accreditation by the Accreditation Committee of the College of American Pathologists (CAP), in 2011.
The American Hospital Dubai has continued to expand to meet the demand for more personalized services, comfort and convenience, while broadening the services and deepening the level of expertise and care offered. In response to the strong increase in local and regional demand for its services, the hospital constructed a new state of the art Outpatient Clinic Building.
In addition to the new facilities and services, the hospital continues its ongoing physician recruitment plan, which will extend the number of American Board Certified or equivalent practicing physicians at the Hospital to over 100.
The hospital’s new bed tower is currently rolling out new facilities that will create an additional 240 beds in private rooms and suites, transforming the hospital into a 384-bed campus.
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